‘Close Enough: Robert Capa’ – a panel discussion

Friday 3 September 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Zoom event
Free, registration required.
Robert Capa, Death of a loyalist militiaman, Córdoba front

Robert Capa, Death of a loyalist militiaman, Córdoba front, Spain, September 5, 1936. Illustration by courtesy of Messums/the Kogan Collection © Robert Capa

Join historian, journalist and former Magnum Photos CEO David Kogan OBE; Dr. Lauren Walsh, Director of NYU Gallatin’s Photojournalism Lab and author of the seminal Conversations on Conflict Photography; and photographer Peter van Agtmael, author of the much-admired Sorry for the War, as they discuss the legacy of Robert Capa on the occasion of Photo London’s special exhibition Close Enough: Robert Capa. On view are over 50 photographs and rare prints from Capa’s career, selected from the Kogan Collection, one of the largest private collections of conflict photography in the UK.

Moderated by Photo London’s Talks Programme curator William A. Ewing.


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The Kogan Collection is one of the largest private collections of conflict photography in the UK and has to this date, never been shown. David Kogan OBE, historian, journalist and former Magnum Photos CEO, started this collection twenty years ago, with a particular interest in significant events of modern history and their photographic documentation. With more than 350 prints dating from 1895 to 2015, a group of 800 vintage NASA photographs, first and limited-edition photography books, Life, Picture Post and Time magazines and artefacts, the Kogan Collection offers the immediacy of first-hand documents of history, as well as an in-depth and comprehensive view of the history of photojournalism and documentary photography in Europe and North America.

Dr. Lauren Walsh teaches at The New School and New York University, where she is the Director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Lab. She is also the Director of Lost Rolls America, a national archive of photography and memory. Her recent book, Conversations on Conflict Photography, offers a crucial exploration of the visual documentation of war and humanitarian crisis. Her forthcoming title is Through the Lens: The Pandemic and Black Lives Matter (Routledge 2022). She is the co-director of Biography of a Photo, an in-progress documentary about two iconic photographs of conflict.

William A. Ewing is a curator of photography, an author of numerous books and articles, and was a museum director for many years. Over the past fifty years his exhibitions have been seen in hundreds of museums world-wide, including the Museum of Modern Art and International Center of Photography, New York; the Centre Pompidou and Jeu de Paume, Paris; the Saatchi, Hayward and Serpentine Galleries, London; the National Museum Reine Sofia, Madrid; the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; the Museum of Civilization, Marseille; M.I.T Museum, Boston; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Kunsthalle Zurich and Museum of Fine Arts of Italian Switzerland, Lugano, the Setagaya Museum, Tokyo, and many others. His books have been published in more than 15 languages. He is an Officer in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and winner of the Award for Outstanding Service to Photography from the Royal Photographic Society. His most recent exhibition, Civilization: the Way We live Now, is currently travelling on all continents, and his current project, (publication 2022) co-authored with Danaé Panchaud, is a sweeping survey of 21st-century photography from a unique point of view.